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Day 17


sunny 20 °C

I like Warsaw a lot...it’s a city but with big open spaces and greenery. Keith, however, does not like it because it’s a city and consequently you hear noise and sirens everywhere! However, hotel is good and having finally managed to book the train to Berlin online, we set off to explore.
The Old Town is lovely and Castle Square at the start of it another big open space. Some lovely decorated buildings and lots of churches are the highlights of the old area, but there is also a nice walk around the Bastion or Barbakhan ( wonder if that’s why the lovely Polish restaurant in York is so named?).
Castle Square

Castle Square

Again we were lucky with the weather...maybe too lucky as it was a warm 20-22 degrees - a bit warm for walking.
One of the things I really liked was that there are stones “Chopin benches” around. We found one in Saxony Gardens...they have a bit about Chopin’s early life in Poland before he moved away ( and stayed away) but best of all, they have a sensor to trigger which then plays one of his piano works. There is something very moving about hearing the lovely music in the open air in a park.
Chopin bench, Saxon Garden

Chopin bench, Saxon Garden

We could have visited the Chopin Museum, but it was such a nice day to be out and walking, I demurred in favour of enjoying the Old Town more.
After a welcome rest back at the hotel, we headed off to indulge in a substantial meal of pierogies...had to be done! They and the beer were excellent. And so to bed...that’s explored 8 new capital cities so far plus the interesting places in between like Hamburg, St. Petersburg and Bialystok...not to mention Daugavpils ( please don’t mention Daugavpils!!).

Posted by nanny0gg 09:41 Archived in Poland

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